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Peru floods toll touches 75, more rain forecast

Lima

Peruvians struggled late on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country’s woes.

It has been a bad year for flooding in Peru, and the toll including from the latest dangerous weather now stands at 75 since January, the government said.

Devastating damage reports continue to pour in.

The National Emergency Operations Centre said 99,475 Peruvians had lost everything since the beginning of the year, while 626,928 had suffered less serious damage to their homes.

The government predicted days of more rain ahead.

Air travel has been affected as well.

“I’ve been stranded in Trujillo for five days. My family lives in a part of Lima affected by the huaycos, but I haven’t been able to get through to them,” a would-be passenger, Ernesto Alvarez, told RPP radio.

“Some 500 of us are stranded here, unable to travel. We just hope there isn’t another (huayco).”

The rains affected the northern area as well. In the city of Piura, streets were again flooded by the effects of El Nino.

“There will be heavy rains in northern regions and in central Lima over the coming days, so the alert situation remains in place,” Prime Minister Fernando Zavala said.

Agence France-Presse